The ancient olympics: war minus the shooting by nigel spivey 296pp, oxford, £ 1299 it is ironically appropriate that the mythical stables (or.
After reading this book, no one will see the olympics as a graceful display of greek beauty again, but as war by other meansnigel spivey paints a portrait of the.
Even if one didn't know from concrete examples (the 1936 olympic games, for instance) pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting most of the games we now play are of ancient origin, but sport does not.
Instead, he says, sport is war minus the shooting just as in ancient olympia the olympics stood for brotherhood and love for one's opponent.
Today, his descriptor of international sport and the olympics as 'war minus the shooting' has become almost a reference point for those talking or writing about. 'war minus the shooting', is what orwell in spivey's 'the ancient olympics' states as being what serious sport amounts to but, can this be said.
In 1945 george orwell wrote that serious sport was 'war minus the shooting' three years after orwell's article was published, britain hosted the olympic games peacemaking efforts, reviving a tradition from ancient greece in which wars.